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Laura Wang ’12 is an executive fellow for renewable energy in the office of California Gov. Jerry Brown. Previously, she worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Wang graduated from USC Dornsife with a progressive master’s degree in environmental studies. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Laura Wang

November 12, 2013

Describe your job working on Gov. Jerry Brown’s renewable energy team. I work in the executive branch on energy and environmental policy for the state, preparing talking points and memos on issues, and managing some of…

Elise Fabbro ’11, ’12 is attending law school at the University of San Diego, in San Diego, Calif. She graduated from USC Dornsife with bachelor’s degrees in political science and environmental studies and a progressive master’s degree in environmental studies. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Elise Fabbro

November 12, 2013

What prompted you to pursue a degree in law? I have known since high school that I wanted the environment to be a prominent part of my career, and that I wanted to pursue law. I am specifically interested in working with…

Stephen Holle ’13 is a reserve administrator at the Los Angeles environmental nonprofit Climate Action Reserve. He graduated from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a concentration in sustainability. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Stephen Holle

November 12, 2013

Describe how your current job helps implement California’s landmark cap-and-trade* program. The Climate Action Reserve specializes in the regulatory and voluntary carbon offset market. We work on projects related to…

International relations alumna Molly Beckert sits with students during lunchtime at the Awoo Primary School in Gulu, Uganda. Echoing Good, the nonprofit Beckert founded, raised funds to create a farm and lunch program at the school. Photos courtesy of Molly Beckert.

Echo Effect

November 7, 2013

While studying abroad in the northern Uganda city of Gulu, Molly Beckert learned that children were dropping out of the nearby primary school at a high rate. “Families were faced with the decision of whether to send…

USC Dornsife launches a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in GeoDesign — the first of its kind in the world — led by John Wilson, director of Spatial Sciences Institute. Photo by Susan Bell.

Mapping a Better World

November 5, 2013

Population growth, rapid urbanization, meeting water and energy needs, biological conservation and climate change — these are some of the most difficult and enduring challenges facing the world today. Finding innovative…

USC Dornsife's Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs, addresses the first Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. More than 1,000 participants from 40 nations attended the conference. Photo courtesy of AlaskaDispatch.com.

In from the Cold

October 29, 2013

As climate change melts the polar ice caps, threatening wildlife, disrupting the food chain and affecting indigenous cultures, it has also created economic opportunities by opening up new shipping routes and accelerated the…

Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry, materials science and environmental sciences at USC Dornsife, speaks at the recent UCLA-USC-Caltech Nanotechnology & Nanomedicine Symposium about his groundbreaking research on nanoribbon biosensor chips for cancer diagnosis. Photo by Emily Bieghler.

Tiny Technology — Huge Results

October 28, 2013

Sometimes the smallest tools are required to tackle the biggest problems. At the forefront of innovative research on cancer treatment and regenerative medicine, experts from the top research institutions in the greater Los…

Nobel Laureate George Olah of USC Dornsife (right) receives a portrait of himself by the well-known Hungarian painter Kornél Zámbó from Hungarian Consul General László Kálmán of Los Angeles (left) and Ambassador Dán Károly, the consul general of the Hungarian consulate in New York. Photo by Janna Gould.

Honors from Their Other Homes

October 23, 2013

George A. Olah, a Nobel laureate and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and G. K. Surya Prakash, professor of chemistry and director of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, are having a busy week. Shortly before…

George Olah (left) and G.K. Surya Prakash receive the 2013 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize award in recognition of their proposal to use methanol to replace fossil fuels and petroleum-based feedstocks.

Olah and Prakash Receive $1 Million for Fuel Research

October 16, 2013

George Olah and G.K. Surya Prakash, pillars of the chemistry department at USC Dornsife, have received a first-ever $1 million prize from the State of Israel for their innovative research on alternative fuels. Olah, a Nobel…

USC Dornsife's Charles McKenna and Myron Goodman research crystal structures for the repair enzyme, DNA polymerase beta (seen here). The enzyme contains an inhibitor molecule (shown in yellow) which forms a complex with DNA. It is designed to selectively block polymerase beta DNA synthesis to kill cancer cells, while ensuring survival of normal cells. Image courtesy of Boris Kashemirov.

Killing Cancer

October 16, 2013

Chemotherapy offers cancer patients hope of a cure, or at least of remission. The problem with the treatment is that all too often a hard-won remission is only temporary. “A typical pattern is that people take the drug,…